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Power Washers, also called pressure washers, are a fantastic tool for cleaning. In order to be so great at their job, they need to be extremely powerful. In fact, power washers are so effective that when used must be operated with a high amount of caution. When deciding to invest in a power washer certain safeguards must be met when utilizing for your heavy-duty cleaning tasks. Power washers will make cleaning a fast and easy job but be forewarned about the dangers of speeding up an arduous task. When taking the necessary precautions, though, a power washer is such a beneficial tool that will have you wondering how you ever lived without one.

What are the different types of power washers?

Consumer Reports explains that there are gas-powered power washers which work best for quickly cleaning decks, siding, and other large areas as well as removing gum, tree sap, and other tough stains from surfaces. Gas power washers pump out 2,000 to 2,800 pounds per square inch (or PSI) of water pressure verses 1,000 to 1,800 PSI for electric power washers. This means that gas power washers will clean a dirty concrete patio three times faster than the best electric power washers that are on the market. The negatives of gas power washers are the noise and weight of them along with the pull-start, fuel needed, and the regular tune-ups. Because off their increased power, they also require more caution to use than the electric machines. Since gas power washers should not be kept inside the home, the pump must be winterized with anti-freeze before storing away. Gas power washers may be a little pricier than the electrical machines but they are more powerful and will clean quickly and efficiently.

Electric power washers in comparison to their gas counterparts are relatively smaller, lighter and quieter, but less pressure also means slower cleaning speed. On the plus side, electric power washers require little upkeep and create no exhaust emissions. Electric power washers use a simple trigger to start and stop and can be stored indoors without winterizing. These machines are best for small decks and patios, outdoor furniture, and other light-duty jobs that require cleaning rather than tough stain removal, but remember, they require an electrical outlet in order to use. The main upside to an electric power washer is their affordability. A lower price can allow for easier purchasing justification.

What type of power washer do I need?

This depends on what you will be using it for. If you have a large amount of heavy-duty equipment that needs regular cleaning like commercial landscapers and farmers, then you might need an industrial sized power washer. If you think you will only use your power washer a few times a year to clean your patio and outdoor furniture, then you could probably get away with a lightweight one that is more affordable, simple to use, easy to store and care for.

How does a power washer work?

Our commercial power washers use large amounts of water volume at high pressure to remove imbedded dirt, grease and other stains. The PSI of water provides the power to break up the set-in dirt while the volume of water washes it away leaving you with a noticeably clean surface without having to scrub. More water offers a quicker clean-up which is why there are low pressure nozzles and high pressure nozzles depending upon the cleaning task at hand. Most jobs can be efficiently cleaned using the low pressure nozzle, and the lower the water pressure, the safer it generally is for the user. Some power washers may have a heating element to use hot water for cleaning.

What can I use my power washer for?

Easily, quickly and almost effortlessly clean outdoor grills, lawnmowers, cars, motorcycles, boats, knocking down wasp or other bug nests after first spraying it with bug spray, removing spider webs from hard-to-reach high locations, trash cans, patio furniture, concrete driveways and walkways among many other things. Just be extremely careful in using the lowest settings first and only use the lowest settings and low pressure nozzles while standing a reasonably safe distance away (about 2 feet) for cleaning your cars, boats and anything with a finished and painted surface. Your power washer can all too easily turn into a sandblaster hereby removing paint and stripping wood quickly and without purposeful intention.

How can I safely use a power washer to clean my boat?

First, consult your user manual and be sure to use a power washer soap detergent that is made specifically for safe use on boats. Try to avoid ammonia type solutions that can damage your boat and power washer. Attach the power washer soap nozzle and from the bottom on up spray the boat from a far distance of about 2 feet away. Spraying in this direction should help prevent streaks from forming. Let the soap detergent do its job by sitting on the surface for about 5 minutes. Next, spray the motor and trailer with the power washer water. If your boat is stained with mold, mildew, or algae simply use a rotating brush attachment. Otherwise, attach a 25-degree nozzle to rinse the boat starting from the top and working your way down. The soap detergent should rinse away easily. Pay special attention to soaking the motor cleanly from any detergent that may have gotten in there while rinsing. Use marine wax to protect the boat hull about a day or two after the power washing.

Are power washers worth the expense?

It depends on how much you think you will use it, what you will use it for, and how much are you willing to spend. If you rent or pay a homeowner’s association fee, it may make more sense to simply rent a power washer from your local hardware store for those seldom odd jobs here and there. If you own your own house, it is probably worth it to purchase your own power washer. If you own a house with a driveway, sidewalks, walkways, gutters, deck space or a patio area, own a lawnmower, and your house is dressed with brick or vinyl siding, then it is definitely worth it to invest in your very own power washer. The cleaning tasks that you will use your power washer for are practically endless. As stated earlier, anything that you would have normally tried to clean with a garden hose can be cleaned with a power washer in significantly less time and using much less effort. In fact, it may even pay for itself when neighbors pay you for cleaning jobs and family members who want to borrow it give you gifts, monetary and otherwise, as a thank you gesture!

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